Pat took the day off to visit the Dresden Zoo, especially looking at the Rooks and
Crows. Also a cute Arctic Fox in the snow that is still quite extensive here.
We outgraded the Danish second team at the top and bottom, but conceded grading points
in the middle.
Rudy's game was over in half an hour and 33 moves, when the two Black Bishops dominated
the Queen side, and with a White Bishop trapped on the King side, The ‘a’ pawn rushed
John had a careful draw from an Reti-English where most of the pieces came off.
Robert unfortunately , having built up an excellent position in a Ruy setup, then
ended up losing a piece rather than sacrificing it, and had to resign. This left
Iolo. After some complex manoeuvres, he won a Pawn and then after further complications,
the exchange. the Black counterattack merely led to another piece lost.
A difficult match against Salzburg, no 20 against Wales ranking of 35. Level at the
top, the 3 bottom boards faced 2100+ opposition.
John's Winawer French yielded a rapid draw as the blocked position and opposite colour
Bishops gave nothing much for either side.
Iolo played in Trevelyan-like style where the early Queen swap led to a more or less
On board 4 Rudy set up a promising position in a closed Ruy Lopez, and broke in the
middle for complex play. His opponent offered an exchange sac for a dangerous King
side attack where a draw could have been achieved with accurate play, but a mate
ensued after Rudy missed a tactical trick.
In a complex King's Indian Pat had a good position, but as Black had massed his forces
ready for a King side counter-attack, when a draw was offered by his higher rated
opponent, he took it- seeing no clear way to an advantage.
A tricky match - at no60 ranked well below us , but we knew the Oranjetiem2 (Netherlands)
had beaten one team near us, and drawn with another.
Rudy got involved in a complex Latvian Gambit (against 1 Nf3) which rapidly led to
a Knight and Pawn endgame, objectively won for White but after several missed chances
petered out to a draw.
Against a Dutch Defence in Robert's game, an early Queen swap led to promising White
pressure, but in the end it was only a draw.
Pat played a modern which led to a King's Indian Defence(which his opponent confessed
he hadn't played against in 20 years) and got an excellent position, where unfortunately
there was no clear way to winning. So in the end only a draw.
Iolo's game was even more complex. From a Torre White got nothing against a solid
defence, and then the Black pieces got active against the White King. Just as Black
missed a winning move, Iolo sacrificed a piece, to open against the King. However
even winning the Black Queen for 3 pieces was insufficient so a perpetual check in
the end was only a draw.
After his exertions yesterday, Iolo decided to take a break.
Playing against a team from the Rhine Palatinate, below us on paper ,but with some
Robert equalized fairly easily against a Colle-type position and offered an early
Rudy in a Catalan vs Schlechter Gruenfeld got an edge in the endgame of Rook and
Pawns, with his Rook on the 7th and a queenside 3 vs 2, but somehow everything held
for Black, so another draw.
Pat's aggressive modern netted him two extra pawns , and despite Whites attempts
to create play, won easily enough in the long run.
John played the Yugoslav attack against the Dragon, but played his normal move automatically
rather than following his opening preparation. Accepting a gambitted Pawn on d5 ,
he withstood the attack from Queen, Rooks and Bishops, to reach an ending with Rooks
where he had two extra pawns on the queenside side. Not all rook and pawn endings
are drawn, so his opponent conceded.
Score 3-1 to Wales.
Since both the Scotland 1 and England 1 teams lost today, this places Wales alongside
Scotland 1 and two points above England 1.
John's Dutch stonewall led to an unbalanced position, where his queenside pawns were
perhaps more problematic
than White’s centre ones. With difficult decisions about whether to stay in late
middlegame or swap down to an ending, both sides were happy to draw in mutual time
From a complex Benoni setup Pat seemed to be doing well, but , provoking a piece
sacrifice, he failed to find the best defence in time shortage.
Iolo's doughty Petroff defence led to an unbalanced position where there were connected
passed pawns, but on opposite sides. Hence a judicious draw offer in time pressure
Robert started with a Panov against the Caro-Kann, but failed to make the most of
his opponents slightly uncommon opening sequence, lost a pawn, and got ground down
in a double rook ending.
Score Wales 1- Sweden1 3
WARNING- regrettably the bulletin produced on paper and the website is not totally
reliable. For instance John's round 6 game is missing 6 moves, Rudy's missing 11
moves; while in Iolo's Rd5 game an inaccurate capture , 38...Rxb6 instead of Qxb6
is given. There are more such truncated games on the website.
And there’s more...
A game from the Blitz tournament on Monday evening where the IM goes a little wrong
in the opening. Here
Pat had another day off, and Robert will be leaving early tomorrow.
A crucial match, against a higher graded team - all except the top player in the
Rudy's opponent looked shocked to face a Budapest, settled for the passive 3.e3 and
Rudy took the opportunity to offer an early draw on move 9 with a slight Black edge,
leaving both John and Robert with promising positions.
Robert, via 1.Nf3 got a Maroczy bind Sicilian, advanced on the kingside, when a piece
sacrifice with an offer of another led to a forced mate on move 25. An excellent
way to finish a tournament.
John's Stonewall Dutch got him excellent attacking chances, but a slight imprecision
in the execution meant that the opponent managed to hold on and obtain a won position
Iolo's space advantage after an early Queen swap gave good chances , leading to a
Pawn win, and Iolo won quickly to produce a win for the team.
Score Wales 2.5 Hessen2 1.5
Thus we remain ahead of England 1 who could only draw, and one point behind Scotland
1 (headed by Craig Pritchard-IM) who also drew today.